The Bachelor of Arts Social Work Program (BASW) seeks an Academic Advisor. The advisor is responsible for providing expert academic advising that is proactive, student-centered, positive and collaborative to an active case load of 200-250 undergraduate social work, and social work exploring majors. Essential to this position is the management of this case load in a way that is data driven and promotes inclusion, retention, persistence and student success through proactive interactions and academic interventions.
Provides academic advising to undergraduate social work students, to promote academic and professional success, through individual, group, and technology-based modalities.
Maintains regular interaction with prospective social work majors and continuing majors to provide comprehensive, holistic, academic advising that is student focused and promotes persistence.
Core academic advising duties include degree plans, major exploration, course scheduling, course enrollment, academic success and learning strategies, connection to student resources, interpretation and communication of University Policies such as major and minor requirements, general education curriculum, graduation requirements, and student support services.
Conducts regular degree and file audits, maintains current and accurate records documenting individual student progress toward degree requirements. Monitors student academic progress, student enrollment, graduation plans, assisting and identifying challenges in learning and progress toward degree.
Utilizes confidential information and maintains FERPA requirements while implementing academic policies, procedures and protocols with high ethical standards.
Develops and maintains a strong working knowledge of campus academic, administrative, and personal support services for students, as well as academic policy and campus opportunities. Researches, identifies, and connects students to campus resources.
Provides a positive environment which assists students in their personal and academic growth and development by supporting students in clarifying personal and academic goals using appropriate student development, human development, and student learning theories.
Assists in planning, conducting, and evaluating student learning opportunities and trainings such as major exploration, orientations, and student learning supports, and outreach activities.
Utilizes resources and data to support and strengthen student communication, engagement, and outreach within the School of Social Work and University.
Coordinates with College of Social Science Student and Academic Affairs Office regarding student progress, monthly advisor meetings, and College requirements.
Informs the Undergraduate Director about student or program-related concerns in a timely manner and consults with the Undergraduate Director as necessary.
Participates as a member of BASW team and BASW admissions committee.
Participates in School of Social Work events, such as faculty meetings, program meetings, graduation, etc.
Serves on sequence committee(s) and other school committees as assigned.
Represents the School of Social Work at college, university, and community events as directed.
Engages in work and behaviors that create an inclusive environment in which students and colleagues feel respected, valued, and supported.
Fulfills other duties as required.
Teach courses, seminars, or provide course support as assigned by Associate Director of the School of Social Work.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -Social Work
Master of Social Work, macro focus preferred.
Ability to work independently while functioning as a critical member of an interdependent team.
Excellent interpersonal and written communication, public speaking, and presentation skills.
The ability to retain a high volume of programmatic, academic, college, and university related information while having the ability to critically think through complex situations.
Knowledge of (or ability to quickly learn) University, College, and School of Social Work academic policies and procedures.
Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and monitor deadlines.
Proficiency and comfort with technology including strong data management skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms.
Ability to develop trust, rapport, and positive working relationships with diverse students, staff, and faculty.
Academic advising and teaching experience preferred.
Experience working in an academic setting preferred.
Required Application Materials
Cover Letter outlining your interest in, and preparation for, the position
A one-page written statement outlining your views and commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and how those views and commitments would impact your work as a social work academic advisor
Name and contact information for three professional references
Review of application will begin May 5, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.
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The MSU School of Social Work is committed to a mission of social justice and positive change. Our BASW, MSW, and PhD programs educate students to provide ethical, competent, responsive, and innovative social work practice, and our scholarship generates and disseminates high quality research that improves the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. Our teaching, research, and outreach synergistically promote social justice, positive change, and solutions to the problems facing diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our research is community-engaged and strength-based. More than 650 students are enrolled in our CSWE-accredited BASW and MSW programs, and PhD program.
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